Why SLIS?

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The education and skills you acquire while earning your degree from the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University will prepare you for success in a number of potential career paths.

Information professionals are in demand in every sector of our society — from local schools and public libraries to government offices and major corporations. As we are inundated with information every day, someone needs to know how to root out what's relevant, important and accurate — and how to organize and present it in a way that makes sense.

That's where YOU come in.

The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Kent State University has been creating leaders in the profession for more than 60 years. Our graduates are qualified to fill every conceivable role on the information spectrum — as library directors, knowledge managers, information architects, children's librarians, competitive research strategists, law librarians, health informatics experts, digital preservationists, usability analysts, museum collection specialists, network consultants and more — and even some roles that haven't been created yet.

Students graduating from college today will change careers —not just jobs — numerous times over the course of their working lives.

Get a degree that prepares you for the future, whatever it brings.

The School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University:

  • is one of the largest professional library and information science programs in North America and the largest graduate program at Kent State University, with more than 600 students enrolled;
  • offers graduate degree options in four areas of study: health informatics, knowledge management, library and information science and user experience design;
  • includes a faculty made up of internationally and nationally recognized leaders in the information professions, with an excellent record in scholarship, research and grantsmanship;
  • thrives as part of the dynamic and unique College of Communication and Information (CCI), whose other schools are Communication Studies, Journalism and Mass Communication and Visual Communication Design, with demonstrated success in collaboration and interdisciplinary research;
  • offers doctoral studies through the CCI interdisciplinary Ph.D. program;
  • leads the way at Kent State in the use of information technologies for pedagogical innovations and online course delivery;
  • boasts more than 70 years of continued growth and success.

Among the many companies and organizations that hire our graduates are Akron General Medical Center; University Hospitals; University of Cincinnati Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library; Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry; Cleveland Museum of Art; OCLC; Oakland University Kresge Library; Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County; State Library of Ohio; United Theological Seminary; American Greetings; Google; Marriott; Open Text; Precision Dialogue; Progressive Insurance; and Westfield Insurance.